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State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects

Architect-Initial Licensure

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The basic steps for initial licensure as an architect in Nebraska are:

  1. Graduation from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited program OR meet the NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Education Standard:
  2. Completion of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly known as the Intern Development Program (IDP), OR its equivalent as determined and verified by NCARB;
  3. Pass all sections of the NCARB Architect Registration Examination (ARE): and
  4. Pass an exam on the Nebraska statutes and rules. (This will be sent to the applicant upon completion of the ARE.)


Educational Debt Reimbursement Request

Architecture students may receive a $100 reimbursement from the Board if they:

  • Have established an NCARB record;
  • Are a graduate of a NAAB-accredited program in Nebraska;
  • Have qualifying educational debt. Qualifying education debt is defined as any government or commercial loans obtained by a student for post-secondary education, tuition, other educational expenses, or reasonable living expenses, as determined by the Board. 

To request reimbursement:

  • Complete the Architectural Education Reimbursement Request form and send the completed form to the Board; 
  • Request a copy of your official transcript is sent directly to the Board's office from the granting institution. Electronic transcripts may be sent to Master/Doctorate graduates from the University of Nebraska, will need to request their graduate transcript from Lincoln, even if the program was offered wholly in Omaha.
  • Have NCARB send verification you have established your record with them (ARE Eligibility Notice) directly to the Board;
  • Your request and transcript must be received within twelve months of graduation from the NAAB-accredited architecture program.

Allow six-eight weeks for processing. Reimbursement will be in the form of a check from the State of Nebraska.

 ARE Exam Application

 Architect Application

NAAB Accredited Program Search

University of Nebraska's College of Architecture